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Date of Scene: 15 August 2020
Location: Penthouse - Kord Co
Synopsis: Not Everyone's a Fan.
Cast of Characters: Douglas Ramsey, Ted Kord

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
Doug has not been productive today, at all. He's been watching the news - multiple channels at once, all of which are reporting the same thing, and talking to the televisions, rapidly switching up from language to language."$!*@ - #$!*#, ...#!*$%& - !"

*translated into Comic book. 'Nuff said.

Ted Kord has posed:
Ted Kord looks up from a spreadsheet with some more economic woes. He shrugs and says, "I think what you're trying for is '$@!*.'" He goes back to his spreadsheet. Kids today. Where are they learning to curse FFS?

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
As Doug watches that city rise into the sky, he promptly picks up a paperweight and throws it at the television.


"...$#%& - !. ...I'll pay for that." He says, dropping into his chair. "I knew it. I FRELLING KNEW HE'D DO IT."

Ted Kord has posed:
Ted Kord nearly falls backward out of his chair. Oh he tips over but the chair rights itself as he tumbles out of it and rolls to his feet. Yes he is that good. "My TV! If you wanted to vent you could have been less subtle! Booster never broke stuff... well the patio door once. What the what, Douglas? Use your words! Also you throw all wrong." He whistles and a drone zips over to clean up the mess. Darned tooting he's paying for it.

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
"...Yeah well Booster never watched someone sign the death warrant on god knows how many Mutant lives." Doug says, sitting back in his chair before he closes his eyes.

"Do you want to know what's going to happen? Because I can see it like it's written in fire on the wall, Ted."

"Humanity is evil." He'll say. "You must free yourself of it before it destroys you. Only through me will you find freedom. Only through me will you have a future. Your ruler. Your king. Your *master*. And they'll come flocking to his banner and then to paraphrase Roger Zelazny we will die and we will die and *we will die*."

Ted Kord has posed:
Ted Kord nods and says, "Well there's no cause so just that it doesn't have at least one ass attached to it. The problem is this ass is Omega level, a genius and leading the movement. I have to say I love how, for such a brilliant mind he breaks everything into binary. Humans/Mutants. Good/Evil. Us/Not Us. Sadly most people respond to a binary world view. Simple solutions, packaged in a sound bite. I look at it this way, you guys saved 99,000 people from him. As a result he left these people high and dry. He brought his chosen few onto his asteroid and copped a whole lot of supplies, leaving the remnants in even worse shape. that has to hurt him in the eyes of the world. As for me, I wish business was better. I'm looking into spaceborne sensors and defenses to deal with him and upgrading the Bug to reach orbit, just in case. Oh and I sent a bunch of solar generators to the Genoshans just to prove us humans aren't all baby killing Mutant rapists.

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
"He doesn't care." Doug says, "Because everything he does is bound up in his *own power*. Magneto first and foremost. Magneto leads, Magneto demands." Doug crosses his arms and sits back.

"Well you know what? I #$!*ing HATE MAGNETO!" He says, his eyes narrowed. "I hate him. I hate his freakin' *guts*. I *loathe him*--"

He sighs, and shakes his head, and says, "And now I don't know what to do. Because I'm just one guy, and I'm not an omega-level anything."

Ted Kord has posed:
Ted Kord nods. "For a man who grew up oppressed and abused, he's become a pretty good Fascist. You could start by pointing that out to other Mutants. He speaks to people of a distinct race or ethnicity, he wages an aggressive war to seize terrain for them, he believes most people even in his chosen group are unfit to govern themselves. Fascism. I think at this point, he will try to raid Earth for supplies and designs to convert his asteroid into a more effective transport. I'm working on stopping that or making it harder for him. As for hating him... fighting hate with hate never works. Forget him as much as possible and show the Genoshans some love. The Justice League... well I'm not in that loop anymore. I don't pretend to know what they plan to do but Batman has a plan for him. Believe it."

He rubs his eyes and says, "Martin Luther King was one man, Batman is one man, FDR, Churchill, all single men with no powers who drew a line in the sand and said, "No more." Let this love child know he can kill you or let you be. He can't frighten you, inspire you, rule you."

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
"The problem is, is that the problem exists. Lunatics - fascists, religious bigots - they keep coming for us, singling out the weakest of us, rounding them up and butchering them. And that problem isn't going to go away until we assert ourselves as a people."

"The problem is, is that it's always *his* future he's rounding people up for - a future where *he* rules supreme, where *he* dictates the destiny of mutantkind and humanity. It's never something we're allowed to build for ourselves. It's *his* world and we should feel *privleged* that he's there *deciding our destinies for us*-" He shakes his head, and then rubs his temples with his palms.

Ted Kord has posed:
Ted Kord frowns. "Yeah we humans number many pieces of trash among us. Here's a thought, we are not going to solve Humanity's -I mean both are people when i say Humanity, humanity's problems today. Go take the rest of the day off. Take tomorrow if you want. Cool off hang with friends, talk, vent, whatever. When you can say 'Magneto' without gritting your teeth, that's when you start thinking about your next move. On the bright side... New Earth people never had this hate on for Mutants the way 616's people did. Surely the merger helped dilute anti-Mutant racism."

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
"I don't know what you're talking about." Doug says, before he shakes his head, and then gets up. "But thank you." He opens his wallet and takes out his debit card and tosses it to Ted. "Order a new TV. I always used to consider breaking things counterproductive, but sometimes all you can do is smash something and curse."

Ted Kord has posed:
Ted Kord slides the card back. "Don't be ridiculous. I'll take it out of your paycheck. You can afford it now. You get the employee discount too."

Douglas Ramsey has posed:
Doug sighs, and then nods. "All right, all right. Thank you. Also, I think I can help you defray the costs of your financial loss from the Booster incident. I have some mobile gaming apps I'd programmed but never sold, I'll turn them over to you and they should help raise your stocks and bring in a little extra income."

Doug murmurs, "And they'll do it with no microtransactions, too."